Casey Affleck wants sex harassment case arbitrated

Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:12pm EDT
 
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By Matthew Belloni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Casey Affleck is already moving to squelch those allegations of sexual harassment.

The actor/filmmaker, who was sued Friday for sexual harassment by a producer on his upcoming documentary "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix," filed a motion Wednesday seeking to move the case from the very public Los Angeles Superior Court to private arbitration. Affleck says Amanda White signed an agreement with an arbitration provision requiring that all disputes be resolved quietly.

That's an interesting move, considering that White argues in her complaint that one of the reasons she sued is because she never got a written contract for her producing services.

Regardless, litigator Marty Singer has taken over the case from the production's lawyer Michael Plonsker, who issued an initial statement on Friday denying the charges and vowing to countersue White. That move makes sense: Singer has represented Affleck's brother Ben in past cases.

White's $2 million suit alleges she was forced to endure debauched behavior during production of "I'm Still Here," including "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" and an impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites.

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<p>Casey Affleck arrives at the 80th annual Academy Awards, in Hollywood, February 24, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>